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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

eSchool News and the Current Site of the Week Online

Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.


Top News

‘Benchmarking for Success' says state education leaders can learn from other nations


In a report titled "Benchmarking for Success," high-level state officials call for action to ensure that American students are globally competitive. Education leaders, the report advises, should renew the focus on international benchmarking and look toward other countries for help in drafting state achievement standards.
The report's advisory group, which consisted of governors, state education commissioners, business executives, researchers, and other officials, identified five transformative steps the U.S. education system should take to produce more globally competitive students. The group was convened by the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve Inc.
Here, according to the report, are the five steps American education should take to produce more globally competitive students:

1. Upgrade state standards by adopting a common core of internationally benchmarked standards in math and language arts for grades K-12.


2. Leverage states’ collective influence to ensure textbooks, digital media, curricula and assessments are aligned to internationally benchmarked standards and draw on lessons from high-performing nations.


3. Revise state policies for recruiting, preparing, developing, and supporting teachers and school leaders to reflect the 'human capital' practices of top-performing nations and states around the world.

4. Hold schools and systems accountable through monitoring, interventions, and support to ensure consistently high performance, drawing upon international best practices.

5. Measure state-level education performance globally by examining student achievement and attainment in an international context to ensure that students are receiving the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.
Read more...

Related links
Benchmarking for Success
National Governors Association
Council of Chief State School Officers
Achieve Inc.

Note to readers:
Don't forget to visit the Measuring 21st-century skills resource center.
Graduates who enter the workplace with a solid grasp of 21st-century skills bring value to both the workplace and global marketplace.
Measuring 21st-century skills

Current Site of the Week

Free Microsoft curriculum encourages students to be good 'digital citizens'


Students interact with music, movies, software, and other digital content every day—but many don’t fully understand the rules surrounding the appropriate use of these materials, or why this should even matter. To help teach students about intellectual property rights and encourage them to become good “digital citizens,” software giant Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a free curriculum that offers cross-curricular classroom activities aligned with national standards.
The Digital Citizenship and Creative Content program was designed for students in grades 8-10 but can be adapted for use in grades 6-12, Microsoft says.
In one unit, students are given a scenario in which a high school sponsors a school-wide Battle of the Bands. A student not involved in the production decides to videotape and sell copies of the show to students and family members.
Read more...

Source: eSchool News


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eSchool News and the Current Site of the Week Online

Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.


Top News

‘Benchmarking for Success' says state education leaders can learn from other nations


In a report titled "Benchmarking for Success," high-level state officials call for action to ensure that American students are globally competitive. Education leaders, the report advises, should renew the focus on international benchmarking and look toward other countries for help in drafting state achievement standards.
The report's advisory group, which consisted of governors, state education commissioners, business executives, researchers, and other officials, identified five transformative steps the U.S. education system should take to produce more globally competitive students. The group was convened by the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve Inc.
Here, according to the report, are the five steps American education should take to produce more globally competitive students:

1. Upgrade state standards by adopting a common core of internationally benchmarked standards in math and language arts for grades K-12.


2. Leverage states’ collective influence to ensure textbooks, digital media, curricula and assessments are aligned to internationally benchmarked standards and draw on lessons from high-performing nations.


3. Revise state policies for recruiting, preparing, developing, and supporting teachers and school leaders to reflect the 'human capital' practices of top-performing nations and states around the world.

4. Hold schools and systems accountable through monitoring, interventions, and support to ensure consistently high performance, drawing upon international best practices.

5. Measure state-level education performance globally by examining student achievement and attainment in an international context to ensure that students are receiving the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.
Read more...

Related links
Benchmarking for Success
National Governors Association
Council of Chief State School Officers
Achieve Inc.

Note to readers:
Don't forget to visit the Measuring 21st-century skills resource center.
Graduates who enter the workplace with a solid grasp of 21st-century skills bring value to both the workplace and global marketplace.
Measuring 21st-century skills

Current Site of the Week

Free Microsoft curriculum encourages students to be good 'digital citizens'


Students interact with music, movies, software, and other digital content every day—but many don’t fully understand the rules surrounding the appropriate use of these materials, or why this should even matter. To help teach students about intellectual property rights and encourage them to become good “digital citizens,” software giant Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a free curriculum that offers cross-curricular classroom activities aligned with national standards.
The Digital Citizenship and Creative Content program was designed for students in grades 8-10 but can be adapted for use in grades 6-12, Microsoft says.
In one unit, students are given a scenario in which a high school sponsors a school-wide Battle of the Bands. A student not involved in the production decides to videotape and sell copies of the show to students and family members.
Read more...

Source: eSchool News


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Friday, February 20, 2009

Smart phones and other ultra-portable devices represent the future of ed tech by Meris Stansbury

Using smart phones and other mobile devices for learning isn't just a trend, but rather a sustainable approach to educational technology that can adapt to future assessments and help raise student test scores significantly, said presenters at the first-ever Mobile Learning Conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17.

This image was part of 'Towards the m-portfolio' presented at ePortfolios 2007, Oxford.

Year after year, when students are asked on our Speak Up Survey what they'd most like to have, I get the same answer," said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, a national education group that publishes the largest annual survey of student, parent, teacher, and administrator attitudes toward school technology.
"I hear: I want a laptop," Evans said.


"To put it simply, there are three points to mobile learning," said Elliot Soloway, a professor at the University of Michigan who has developed software for smart phones that allows them to be more like personal computers.
Soloway's three points are that mobile learning is...

1. Big: By combining the main functions of a PC with the resources of the internet in an ultra-portable device, smart phones and other mobile devices truly give students the ability to practice "anytime, anywhere" learning

2. Sustainable: Because most students will already have a cell phone or mobile device, parents can buy the technology for their kids, and schools can purchase only the software. Also, students prefer handheld technology to laptops because it's more portable. At the same time, handheld devices, software companies, and educators are creating programs to help implement mobile devices into the curriculum.

3. Able to provide unique opportunities, especially for interaction through blogs and academic-related text messaging.

Soloway and his team of researchers have developed a software suite that transforms smart phones into virtual PCs. The Mobile Learning Environment, which is being tested in a Texas elementary school, gives students a handheld platform that duplicates many of the educational features of a PC, including the ability to map concepts, do internet research, use animation, and run versions of Microsoft Word and Excel.
Read more...

Related links
M-learning (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Mobile Learning Conference
Project Tomorrow
Learning2Go
Elliot Soloway
“Project Uses Cell Phones as Computers in the Classroom”
Keller ISD mobile learning project
Project K-Nect
Wireless Reach project
Onslow County Schools
SOTI MobiControl
The Greaves Group
Consortium for School Networking
Keller's Trinity Meadows Intermediate School fifth-graders use cellphones as classroom computer by KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH


Additional resources:
IAmLearn (International Association for Mobile Learning)
OER Commons (Open education resources)
ISTE SIG Handheld Computing

Source: eSchool News


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Smart phones and other ultra-portable devices represent the future of ed tech by Meris Stansbury

Using smart phones and other mobile devices for learning isn't just a trend, but rather a sustainable approach to educational technology that can adapt to future assessments and help raise student test scores significantly, said presenters at the first-ever Mobile Learning Conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17.

This image was part of 'Towards the m-portfolio' presented at ePortfolios 2007, Oxford.

Year after year, when students are asked on our Speak Up Survey what they'd most like to have, I get the same answer," said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, a national education group that publishes the largest annual survey of student, parent, teacher, and administrator attitudes toward school technology.
"I hear: I want a laptop," Evans said.


"To put it simply, there are three points to mobile learning," said Elliot Soloway, a professor at the University of Michigan who has developed software for smart phones that allows them to be more like personal computers.
Soloway's three points are that mobile learning is...

1. Big: By combining the main functions of a PC with the resources of the internet in an ultra-portable device, smart phones and other mobile devices truly give students the ability to practice "anytime, anywhere" learning

2. Sustainable: Because most students will already have a cell phone or mobile device, parents can buy the technology for their kids, and schools can purchase only the software. Also, students prefer handheld technology to laptops because it's more portable. At the same time, handheld devices, software companies, and educators are creating programs to help implement mobile devices into the curriculum.

3. Able to provide unique opportunities, especially for interaction through blogs and academic-related text messaging.

Soloway and his team of researchers have developed a software suite that transforms smart phones into virtual PCs. The Mobile Learning Environment, which is being tested in a Texas elementary school, gives students a handheld platform that duplicates many of the educational features of a PC, including the ability to map concepts, do internet research, use animation, and run versions of Microsoft Word and Excel.
Read more...

Related links
M-learning (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Mobile Learning Conference
Project Tomorrow
Learning2Go
Elliot Soloway
“Project Uses Cell Phones as Computers in the Classroom”
Keller ISD mobile learning project
Project K-Nect
Wireless Reach project
Onslow County Schools
SOTI MobiControl
The Greaves Group
Consortium for School Networking
Keller's Trinity Meadows Intermediate School fifth-graders use cellphones as classroom computer by KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH


Additional resources:
IAmLearn (International Association for Mobile Learning)
OER Commons (Open education resources)
ISTE SIG Handheld Computing

Source: eSchool News


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How To Go to Harvard for Free by Farhad Manjoo

Over the last few months, I've been trying to educate myself on our financial crisis. To that end, I dropped in on a class at Yale that examined real estate finance and the roots of the federal government's involvement in the mortgage industry.


I've got lots of free time, so why stop learning? I sat in on an instructive lecture by David Swensen, the whiz who manages Yale's endowment, about strategies for investing over the long term. A few days later, I attended a class taught by Harvard's Larry Summers, who's now an economic adviser to President Obama.
Summers was arguing that macroeconomics in the next century will be shaped more by financial crises than by the business cycle—or something like that. I can't really say because he was pretty dull, and I discreetly walked out; instead, I visited Princeton economist Alan Blinder's lecture about the origins of the financial mess, which was far snappier.

He is Slate's technology columnist and the author of True Enough: Learning To Live in a Post-Fact Society.
You can e-mail him at farhad.manjoo@slate.com

Source: Slate


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How To Go to Harvard for Free by Farhad Manjoo

Over the last few months, I've been trying to educate myself on our financial crisis. To that end, I dropped in on a class at Yale that examined real estate finance and the roots of the federal government's involvement in the mortgage industry.


I've got lots of free time, so why stop learning? I sat in on an instructive lecture by David Swensen, the whiz who manages Yale's endowment, about strategies for investing over the long term. A few days later, I attended a class taught by Harvard's Larry Summers, who's now an economic adviser to President Obama.
Summers was arguing that macroeconomics in the next century will be shaped more by financial crises than by the business cycle—or something like that. I can't really say because he was pretty dull, and I discreetly walked out; instead, I visited Princeton economist Alan Blinder's lecture about the origins of the financial mess, which was far snappier.

He is Slate's technology columnist and the author of True Enough: Learning To Live in a Post-Fact Society.
You can e-mail him at farhad.manjoo@slate.com

Source: Slate


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The schedule for the February/March Innovate-Live webcasts

Innovate-Live webcasts, produced as a public service by our partner,ULiveandLearn, allow you to synchronously interact with authors on the topics of their articles.



You may register for the February/March webcasts at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/
Webcasts will be archived and available in the webcast section of the article and in the Innovate-Live portal archive shortly after the webcast.

All times are New York time. You may use the world clock at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ to coordinate with your timezone.

Schedule

February 23, 2009

1:00 PM Eastern
H. Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives toDigital WisdomAuthor: Marc Prensky
See more...

5:00 PM Eastern
What's Wrong with Copyright: Educator Strategies for Dealing withAnalog Copyright Law in a Digital World
Authors: Patrick McGrail and Ewa McGrail
See more...

February 26, 2009

1:00 PM Eastern
Learner-Interface Interaction for Technology-Enhanced Active Learning
Authors: Neelu Sinha, Laila Khreisat, and Kiron Sharma
See more...

4:00 PM Eastern
Integrating Digital Learning Objects in the Classroom: A Need forEducational Leadership
Authors: Annick Janson and Robin Janson
See more...

Innovate-Ideagora Webcasts

In addition to the webcasts with Innovate authors, Innovate Ideagora editors Alan McCord and Denise Easton will conduct a number of open access Ideagora webcast interviews in the Innovate Live Portal at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/ on March 25, 2009.
The interview schedule is below:

1:00 PM Eastern
Nibipedia Makes Video Even Cooler for Education!
Interview with Nibipedia's Troy Peterson

2:00 PM Eastern
Ideagora Mash UpDenise Easton and Alan McCord

3:00 PM Eastern
Can the CrowdSPRING Model Help Education?
Interview with Crowdspring's Ross E. Kimbarovsk

6:00 PM Eastern
Avatars Turn Corporate Training Around
Interview with iClone's Miriam Scurrah

All interviews are described at
http://innovate-ideagora.ning.com/notes/Upcoming_Ideagora_Live_Interviews






Source: Innovate


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The schedule for the February/March Innovate-Live webcasts

Innovate-Live webcasts, produced as a public service by our partner,ULiveandLearn, allow you to synchronously interact with authors on the topics of their articles.



You may register for the February/March webcasts at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/
Webcasts will be archived and available in the webcast section of the article and in the Innovate-Live portal archive shortly after the webcast.

All times are New York time. You may use the world clock at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ to coordinate with your timezone.

Schedule

February 23, 2009

1:00 PM Eastern
H. Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives toDigital WisdomAuthor: Marc Prensky
See more...

5:00 PM Eastern
What's Wrong with Copyright: Educator Strategies for Dealing withAnalog Copyright Law in a Digital World
Authors: Patrick McGrail and Ewa McGrail
See more...

February 26, 2009

1:00 PM Eastern
Learner-Interface Interaction for Technology-Enhanced Active Learning
Authors: Neelu Sinha, Laila Khreisat, and Kiron Sharma
See more...

4:00 PM Eastern
Integrating Digital Learning Objects in the Classroom: A Need forEducational Leadership
Authors: Annick Janson and Robin Janson
See more...

Innovate-Ideagora Webcasts

In addition to the webcasts with Innovate authors, Innovate Ideagora editors Alan McCord and Denise Easton will conduct a number of open access Ideagora webcast interviews in the Innovate Live Portal at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/ on March 25, 2009.
The interview schedule is below:

1:00 PM Eastern
Nibipedia Makes Video Even Cooler for Education!
Interview with Nibipedia's Troy Peterson

2:00 PM Eastern
Ideagora Mash UpDenise Easton and Alan McCord

3:00 PM Eastern
Can the CrowdSPRING Model Help Education?
Interview with Crowdspring's Ross E. Kimbarovsk

6:00 PM Eastern
Avatars Turn Corporate Training Around
Interview with iClone's Miriam Scurrah

All interviews are described at
http://innovate-ideagora.ning.com/notes/Upcoming_Ideagora_Live_Interviews






Source: Innovate


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An eBook From Atomic Learning: Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom

I wanted to let you know about a free e-book which is now available.
The e-book, The Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom is based on a tutorial series by Vicki Davis. Vicki also graciously contributed a preface to the e-book.
Senior Marketing Specialist, Emily Lachinski writes, "the additional two parts of the e-book will be releasing in the coming weeks. They will also be free.

We can now work with almost anyone, any place, and at any time – and our classrooms should reflect that. The flat classroom is about introducing our students to the world in safe, meaningful ways that will enrich and augment the things that are already working in our schools.
This e-book is based on an Atomic Learning workshop developed by Vicki Davis, who has been recognized for her innovative use of the Web in the classroom.

Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis are actively authoring a book to be published within the next year about the amazing Flat Classroom™ projects and you may follow this on her blog, Cool Cat Teacher or their website www.flatclassroomproject.org. They have many projects now that operate on a year round basis and also mentor as much as we can.

Related link
http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/download/flat_class_ebook.pdf

Source: Atomic Learning


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An eBook From Atomic Learning: Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom

I wanted to let you know about a free e-book which is now available.
The e-book, The Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom is based on a tutorial series by Vicki Davis. Vicki also graciously contributed a preface to the e-book.
Senior Marketing Specialist, Emily Lachinski writes, "the additional two parts of the e-book will be releasing in the coming weeks. They will also be free.

We can now work with almost anyone, any place, and at any time – and our classrooms should reflect that. The flat classroom is about introducing our students to the world in safe, meaningful ways that will enrich and augment the things that are already working in our schools.
This e-book is based on an Atomic Learning workshop developed by Vicki Davis, who has been recognized for her innovative use of the Web in the classroom.

Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis are actively authoring a book to be published within the next year about the amazing Flat Classroom™ projects and you may follow this on her blog, Cool Cat Teacher or their website www.flatclassroomproject.org. They have many projects now that operate on a year round basis and also mentor as much as we can.

Related link
http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/download/flat_class_ebook.pdf

Source: Atomic Learning


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Atlantic Link Wins 10th Award - Best Rapid E-Learning Publisher at Training 2009 Shootout in Atlanta

Atlantic Link is delighted to announce their win in the Rapid e-learning Publishing shootout at Training 2009 in Atlanta. Training Magazine and Bryan Chapman, Chief Learning Strategist, Chapman Alliance LLC, hosted the event.


For the shootout, audience members observed the power of real-time collaboration in rapid development. The teams in this part of the competition showed the audience how content coming from multiple sources could be quickly organized into production-ready courses. In fact, the competitors imported learning activities created in the previous Shootout (held one day earlier) to augment their courses, successfully demonstrating interoperability among rapid content developers.
"I'm sure it was the fact that we built the course live on a web server and collaboratively added third party content - that won us the competition. We started from scratch and within 8 minutes the course was live on our web server.
The course was built in less than 10 seconds using the quick start wizard. I uploaded PowerPoint, Captivate and Raptivity content directly into the course while my colleague Thom Tate (who was sat in the audience) added in YouTube video, a live webcam feed and a complete Rolling Stones mp3 file."

Related link

About Atlantic Link
Atlantic Link provides the world's most advanced rapid eLearning collaboration tools. Content Point is the first truly server-based, rapid e-learning tool for collaborative, remote course authoring. The aim for the company is to develop leading-edge development tools that elevate the practice of collaborative rapid e-learning development.
With the Atlantic Link software, anyone who can use a computer can create stunning e-learning and unleash the knowledge locked within themselves and their organizations.
For more information, visit: http://www.atlanticlinkglobal.com


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Atlantic Link Wins 10th Award - Best Rapid E-Learning Publisher at Training 2009 Shootout in Atlanta

Atlantic Link is delighted to announce their win in the Rapid e-learning Publishing shootout at Training 2009 in Atlanta. Training Magazine and Bryan Chapman, Chief Learning Strategist, Chapman Alliance LLC, hosted the event.


For the shootout, audience members observed the power of real-time collaboration in rapid development. The teams in this part of the competition showed the audience how content coming from multiple sources could be quickly organized into production-ready courses. In fact, the competitors imported learning activities created in the previous Shootout (held one day earlier) to augment their courses, successfully demonstrating interoperability among rapid content developers.
"I'm sure it was the fact that we built the course live on a web server and collaboratively added third party content - that won us the competition. We started from scratch and within 8 minutes the course was live on our web server.
The course was built in less than 10 seconds using the quick start wizard. I uploaded PowerPoint, Captivate and Raptivity content directly into the course while my colleague Thom Tate (who was sat in the audience) added in YouTube video, a live webcam feed and a complete Rolling Stones mp3 file."

Related link

About Atlantic Link
Atlantic Link provides the world's most advanced rapid eLearning collaboration tools. Content Point is the first truly server-based, rapid e-learning tool for collaborative, remote course authoring. The aim for the company is to develop leading-edge development tools that elevate the practice of collaborative rapid e-learning development.
With the Atlantic Link software, anyone who can use a computer can create stunning e-learning and unleash the knowledge locked within themselves and their organizations.
For more information, visit: http://www.atlanticlinkglobal.com


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Keller's Trinity Meadows Intermediate School fifth-graders use cellphones as classroom computer by KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH

First came desktop computers. Then laptops. Now, some argue the cellphone will eventually reign supreme as the preferred classroom computer.

Marina Romanyuk (left), Amy Herman and Christina Mai (right) aren't text-messaging their friends on these cellphones. They are using them for their classwork.


At Keller's Trinity Meadows Intermediate School, a class of fifth-graders already is testing that theory. On a recent morning, the children sat in groups, gripping phones as they rapidly punched buttons and stared into tiny screens.
"Laptops are oh so '90s – they're your parents' generation," said Elliot Soloway, a University of Michigan professor who created the software that the students are using. "While every kid does need a computer, the computer that will happen on will be cellphones. The cellphone is now as important as a pair of shoes or a coat."
Read more...

Source: Texas Cable News


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Keller's Trinity Meadows Intermediate School fifth-graders use cellphones as classroom computer by KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH

First came desktop computers. Then laptops. Now, some argue the cellphone will eventually reign supreme as the preferred classroom computer.

Marina Romanyuk (left), Amy Herman and Christina Mai (right) aren't text-messaging their friends on these cellphones. They are using them for their classwork.


At Keller's Trinity Meadows Intermediate School, a class of fifth-graders already is testing that theory. On a recent morning, the children sat in groups, gripping phones as they rapidly punched buttons and stared into tiny screens.
"Laptops are oh so '90s – they're your parents' generation," said Elliot Soloway, a University of Michigan professor who created the software that the students are using. "While every kid does need a computer, the computer that will happen on will be cellphones. The cellphone is now as important as a pair of shoes or a coat."
Read more...

Source: Texas Cable News


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Thursday, February 19, 2009

OnPoint Digital Offers New CellCast Mobile Library

OnPoint Digital, Inc., a leading e-learning and mobile solutions provider, announced today their newest mobile offering-the CellCast Mobile Library. This innovative content library provides just-in-time access to helpful, thought provoking content from well known business and thought leaders - formatted in short segments designed for cellphone playback. Users can access the content collections online from their computers, by downloading the content to their smartphones, or by listening to the content in podcast format via virtually any mobile phone. Access the new Mobile Content Library at http://content.mlearning.com


Organizations are constantly seeking new ways to take better advantage of the explosion of cellphones and smartphones in use by today's mobile workforce to more quickly and effectively communicate with their team, extend learning opportunities, and enhance job performance. The CellCast Mobile Library offers hundreds of titles in a variety of formats-from high-res or steaming video to standard podcasts, animated slide presentations and even via phone-in audio from any touchtone-capable phone.

About OnPoint Digital, Inc.
OnPoint Digital, Inc. is an eLearning and mobile solutions provider dedicated to the development of powerful yet affordably priced online learning and performance management tools for middle market and enterprise customers. OnPoint offers a full-featured LMS/LCMS software suite, enabling the creation and management of rich-media courseware, online assessments, appraisals, skills tracking and detailed reporting, plus numerous optional modules such as integrated document management, e-commerce, and portal/intranet offerings.

OnPoint's innovative and award-winning CellCast Solution allows companies to easily create, deliver and track mobile content and assessments directly to users' mobile phones. The software delivers 1 and 2-way messaging and podcasts to any standard cellphone. For more advanced smartphones, the solution also enables the delivery of mobile web content, text and PDF files, videos/podcasts and animated PowerPoint content. Supported smartphone devices include BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds, Apple iPhones, and Windows Mobile devices. Content can be accessed "over-the-air" or automatically synced to the preferred mobile device.

Perfect for just-in-time training, learning reinforcement, surveys, and marketing updates -- OnPoint's CellCast Solution helps organizations leverage their investment in cell phones and monthly plans by better utilizing an employee's time while mobile, and by making the knowledge they need available, where and when they need it most.


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OnPoint Digital Offers New CellCast Mobile Library

OnPoint Digital, Inc., a leading e-learning and mobile solutions provider, announced today their newest mobile offering-the CellCast Mobile Library. This innovative content library provides just-in-time access to helpful, thought provoking content from well known business and thought leaders - formatted in short segments designed for cellphone playback. Users can access the content collections online from their computers, by downloading the content to their smartphones, or by listening to the content in podcast format via virtually any mobile phone. Access the new Mobile Content Library at http://content.mlearning.com


Organizations are constantly seeking new ways to take better advantage of the explosion of cellphones and smartphones in use by today's mobile workforce to more quickly and effectively communicate with their team, extend learning opportunities, and enhance job performance. The CellCast Mobile Library offers hundreds of titles in a variety of formats-from high-res or steaming video to standard podcasts, animated slide presentations and even via phone-in audio from any touchtone-capable phone.

About OnPoint Digital, Inc.
OnPoint Digital, Inc. is an eLearning and mobile solutions provider dedicated to the development of powerful yet affordably priced online learning and performance management tools for middle market and enterprise customers. OnPoint offers a full-featured LMS/LCMS software suite, enabling the creation and management of rich-media courseware, online assessments, appraisals, skills tracking and detailed reporting, plus numerous optional modules such as integrated document management, e-commerce, and portal/intranet offerings.

OnPoint's innovative and award-winning CellCast Solution allows companies to easily create, deliver and track mobile content and assessments directly to users' mobile phones. The software delivers 1 and 2-way messaging and podcasts to any standard cellphone. For more advanced smartphones, the solution also enables the delivery of mobile web content, text and PDF files, videos/podcasts and animated PowerPoint content. Supported smartphone devices include BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds, Apple iPhones, and Windows Mobile devices. Content can be accessed "over-the-air" or automatically synced to the preferred mobile device.

Perfect for just-in-time training, learning reinforcement, surveys, and marketing updates -- OnPoint's CellCast Solution helps organizations leverage their investment in cell phones and monthly plans by better utilizing an employee's time while mobile, and by making the knowledge they need available, where and when they need it most.


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eduFire.com Launches Live Online Classes

eduFire.com, a rapidly growing online education community and marketplace, has launched eduFire Classes, a new service that makes live online group classes available to the public.
Classes are currently being offered on the site in subjects such as foreign language learning, exam prep and computer programming.


eduFire Classes allow teachers to reach a global audience and students to learn in an interactive group setting. Teachers use a combination of live video instruction via webcam, whiteboards, presentations and text and voice chat to interact with students. Classes can be offered free or a fee can be charged.“More than ever in this economic climate people are looking to sharpen their skills and expand their education”, says Jon Bischke, eduFire’s Founder and CEO. "We feel that the eduFire Classes service is the most convenient and cost-effective way for students to learn and the most flexible online platform for teachers."
Read more...

About eduFire
We have a simple (but not easy) mission: Revolution education.
Our goal is to create a platform to allow live learning to take place over the Internet anytime from anywhere.
Most importantly...for anyone. We’re the first people (we know of) to create something that’s totally open and community-driven (rather than closed and transaction-driven).
We’re excited to create tools for people to teach and learn what they love in ways they never imagined possible.
If changing the world is your thing and you’re as passionate about education and learning as we are, please get in touch.


Related link
The eduFire Blog

Source: PR-USA.net


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eduFire.com Launches Live Online Classes

eduFire.com, a rapidly growing online education community and marketplace, has launched eduFire Classes, a new service that makes live online group classes available to the public.
Classes are currently being offered on the site in subjects such as foreign language learning, exam prep and computer programming.


eduFire Classes allow teachers to reach a global audience and students to learn in an interactive group setting. Teachers use a combination of live video instruction via webcam, whiteboards, presentations and text and voice chat to interact with students. Classes can be offered free or a fee can be charged.“More than ever in this economic climate people are looking to sharpen their skills and expand their education”, says Jon Bischke, eduFire’s Founder and CEO. "We feel that the eduFire Classes service is the most convenient and cost-effective way for students to learn and the most flexible online platform for teachers."
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About eduFire
We have a simple (but not easy) mission: Revolution education.
Our goal is to create a platform to allow live learning to take place over the Internet anytime from anywhere.
Most importantly...for anyone. We’re the first people (we know of) to create something that’s totally open and community-driven (rather than closed and transaction-driven).
We’re excited to create tools for people to teach and learn what they love in ways they never imagined possible.
If changing the world is your thing and you’re as passionate about education and learning as we are, please get in touch.


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The eduFire Blog

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Meet and Train Launches Online Speed Reading Course

Meet And Train (www.MeetAndTrain.com) announced today the launch and general availability of a first of its kind eLearning computer based course designed to rapidly improve reading speed and comprehension.
Titled “Rev It Up Reading: Getting Up to Speed With What You Read.”, the course is available for immediate purchase and a free demo at
www.revitupreading.com.


Rev It Up Reading is the brainchild of Abby Marks Beale, principal of The Corporate Educator. Marks Beale is a noted speaker and the author of several publications including “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Speed Reading”, “10 Days to Faster Reading”, “Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Lifelong Learning”. She also taught “Speed Reading: Read More in Less Time” for three years as an online course for Barnes and Noble University.
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About Meet and Train
Meet and Train (
www.meetandtrain.com) is an e-learning solutions provider that offers Internet based educational programs that are highly effective, efficient and affordable for most businesses. Through its various strategic alliances, Meet and Train’s service offering includes Custom Content Development, Off-The-Shelf Content, Virtual Classroom, Virtual Meeting Software and Learning Management Systems.
Meet and Train’s systems are customized for each client, by industry, depending on their unique training needs and requirements.

About The Corporate Educator
Abby Marks Beale is the founder of The Corporate Educator (
www.TheCorporateEducator.com) and specializes in helping busy people work smarter, faster and just plain better.
Since 1988, Abby has developed well-received, content-rich training and speaking programs that reduce workplace stress through the knowledge of skills.
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Abby Marks Beale

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Demo of Online Course

Getting up to speed with what you read.
Online speed reading course with Abby Marks Beale



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Meet and Train Launches Online Speed Reading Course

Meet And Train (www.MeetAndTrain.com) announced today the launch and general availability of a first of its kind eLearning computer based course designed to rapidly improve reading speed and comprehension.
Titled “Rev It Up Reading: Getting Up to Speed With What You Read.”, the course is available for immediate purchase and a free demo at
www.revitupreading.com.


Rev It Up Reading is the brainchild of Abby Marks Beale, principal of The Corporate Educator. Marks Beale is a noted speaker and the author of several publications including “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Speed Reading”, “10 Days to Faster Reading”, “Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Lifelong Learning”. She also taught “Speed Reading: Read More in Less Time” for three years as an online course for Barnes and Noble University.
Read more...

About Meet and Train
Meet and Train (
www.meetandtrain.com) is an e-learning solutions provider that offers Internet based educational programs that are highly effective, efficient and affordable for most businesses. Through its various strategic alliances, Meet and Train’s service offering includes Custom Content Development, Off-The-Shelf Content, Virtual Classroom, Virtual Meeting Software and Learning Management Systems.
Meet and Train’s systems are customized for each client, by industry, depending on their unique training needs and requirements.

About The Corporate Educator
Abby Marks Beale is the founder of The Corporate Educator (
www.TheCorporateEducator.com) and specializes in helping busy people work smarter, faster and just plain better.
Since 1988, Abby has developed well-received, content-rich training and speaking programs that reduce workplace stress through the knowledge of skills.
Contact
Abby Marks Beale

Related link
Demo of Online Course

Getting up to speed with what you read.
Online speed reading course with Abby Marks Beale



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The845Club.com - Video Based E-courses

The 845 club is a solution aimed at the ones who wish to pick up business knowledge but don’t really have a lot of time on their hands to attend courses or seminars in the physical world.


What this service does, then, is let them choose a course from the many on offer and have the lessons delivered straight to their inboxes in the form of video tutorials. Moreover, materials such as PDFs, e-books and downloadable documents are duly included. By way of example, some of the available courses go by names such as “IT Secrets For Marketing Managers”, “Custom eLearning For Your Audience” and “The Art Of Account Management”. Further courses include “Leadership competencies” and “Small Business Growth”.

About The 845 Club
The 845 Club and its courses are brought to you by the Being Smarter network.
“Our mission is to inspire business people to take the challenge of improving their business performance and to provide the tools in different niches to do it.”
Mark Copeman, the editor has been working in radio and video, in sales and marketing functions and with people in both large and small businesses for the last 15 years.
He has been working extensively in the marketing and elearning arenas for the last 8 years, starting up and selling his share in a marketing agency, specialising in helping sales and marketing people get the most out of selling and demonstrating their products.
Many of these projects were video-based and the company created a ‘Virtual Expert’ concept of canning subject matter experts.
He has continued to build on this concept with The 845 Club and has worked with a number of CEOs and subject matter experts to put together the courses you see available today.
Mark is available to speak at your event with one of his various “How to… top 10’s” in business - 30 mins of practical tips in various business disciplines which you can take and use to make a real difference immediately.


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The845Club.com - Video Based E-courses

The 845 club is a solution aimed at the ones who wish to pick up business knowledge but don’t really have a lot of time on their hands to attend courses or seminars in the physical world.


What this service does, then, is let them choose a course from the many on offer and have the lessons delivered straight to their inboxes in the form of video tutorials. Moreover, materials such as PDFs, e-books and downloadable documents are duly included. By way of example, some of the available courses go by names such as “IT Secrets For Marketing Managers”, “Custom eLearning For Your Audience” and “The Art Of Account Management”. Further courses include “Leadership competencies” and “Small Business Growth”.

About The 845 Club
The 845 Club and its courses are brought to you by the Being Smarter network.
“Our mission is to inspire business people to take the challenge of improving their business performance and to provide the tools in different niches to do it.”
Mark Copeman, the editor has been working in radio and video, in sales and marketing functions and with people in both large and small businesses for the last 15 years.
He has been working extensively in the marketing and elearning arenas for the last 8 years, starting up and selling his share in a marketing agency, specialising in helping sales and marketing people get the most out of selling and demonstrating their products.
Many of these projects were video-based and the company created a ‘Virtual Expert’ concept of canning subject matter experts.
He has continued to build on this concept with The 845 Club and has worked with a number of CEOs and subject matter experts to put together the courses you see available today.
Mark is available to speak at your event with one of his various “How to… top 10’s” in business - 30 mins of practical tips in various business disciplines which you can take and use to make a real difference immediately.


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